I’ve always wanted to be liked, but after my injury that became a lot more difficult. The reason being – the wheelchair. No one is comfortable around them, not even dogs. Most people and animals have an off-putting reaction to a wheelchair. Typically it’s pity, fear (expressed by children, old people afraid of the speed […]
Entries by Tiffiny Carlson
Nineteen years ago things were a lot different the way my health insurance regarded the kinds of wheelchairs one needs. Back in 1998, I was able to get a supplemental wheelchair, a manual one, in addition to having a power wheelchair. All I needed was a physical therapist’s letter of recommendation, and it was a […]
For any quadriplegics out there wondering what it’s like to finally try a power assist tech on a manual wheelchair after years of using a power wheelchair, this blog post is for you. I have been using a power chair for over 20 years and am looking into getting a power assist manual wheelchair. The […]
The longer you live with a spinal cord injury, it’s inevitable you become an expert in all-things related to paralysis, and this is exactly what’s happened to me. It’s been 24 years, but I’ve learned a lot and shared a lot.
It’s not very often I feel compelled to write a positive review about the portrayal of the wheelchair-user in a TV series, but the time has finally come for me to bestow my blessings on a character worthy of your attention, and his name is Fernando Carvalho.
A new wheelchair accessory has been buzzing in popularity around wheelchair-users for a few years now, and it’s one of the coolest wheelchair accessories to ever come out in the history wheelchairs – the Max Mobility SmartDrive. This one-wheel device can turn a manual wheelchair into a power wheelchair, and it’s changing lives around the […]
When you first become spinal cord injured, doctors warn you a whole host of secondary-related things can happen now that you’re paralyzed. Things like heterotopic ossification and scoliosis, big words with even bigger conditions I really didn’t know a lot about. But I was only 14 and had a lot to learn about what it […]
Whenever I stop at the gas station and call for assistance with pumping my gas, explaining of course that I’m a wheelchair-user, I often get a barrage of questions from the gas station attendant when they come out. When they see that I’m driving my van while still in my powerchair, they can’t help but […]
When the doctors first told me I was cold-blooded after my accident, I didn’t believe them. “How was that a possible?” I thought. I know one of the worst things in the world happened to me, I broke my neck, but I didn’t transform into an amphibian while I was at it. How can a […]
It can be a strange world when you need PCAs. There is a lot of depending on people, their schedules and the stress of everyday things coming up that will without a doubt affect your life. Whether it’s their tire reading low, forgetting to set their alarm because they went on a bender the night […]